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Teen Voice - 01/27/2013

Holistic Medicine
updated: Jan 26, 2013, 3:00 PM

By Kelsey Abkin

"The greatest wealth is health" -Virgil

This morning I walked into the kitchen to see the usual pile of brightly colored, assorted pills on the counter. Behind them were about 10 bottles of vitamin C, "Quercetin", fish oil, etc. And next to them a cup filled with water. They were for me, all 10 to be taken at breakfast and 10 more at dinner.

See, my mom is one of those people who believes in "holistic" medicine and, for the most part, I am too. It makes perfect sense why health seems to be everyone's primary concern; without it we have nothing. But what continues to surprise me is the length at which people go to be "healthy", overdoing it with antibiotics, pain meds, and whatever else gets rid of the symptoms. I never thought this to mean much until the other day when I went into the doctor only to discover that the strain of bacteria I had was now resistant to the antibiotic prescribed.

Now that's enough to make one stop and wonder what we are doing to our bodies. It's hard to imagine that we understand how they work as well as we think. Article after article, medical breakthrough after breakthrough, although fascinating, still does not fully acknowledge the complexity of humans. I mean how are we supposed to apprehend the interactions of 100 trillion cells?

However, the scariest part of this all is that the solution of a "natural" approach toward healing is not always an option. You cannot ask some in writhing pain to take some herbs or allow an infection to escalate out of control. The way I see it, ahead is a constant struggle between holistic vs. western medicine. While right now, western is taking a whopping lead, soon this could not be the case. People are beginning to see that we shouldn't wait for symptoms to appear then brush those away, but instead should address the underlying problem.

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 COMMENT 368004 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-27 10:28 AM

Thought provoking commentary. There are many factions to this discussion but a good place to start is all things within reach. Appropriate height/weight balance, fresh air, fresh food-(an issue in an of itself) exercise, sleep, nurture healthy relationships...financial responsibility to oneself. (overspending/creditcard debt leads to incredible stress)...etc. The list is endless.
Medical doctors are hesitant to embrace "Alternate" medicine. I await the day when acupuncture, chiropractic, dietary evaluations, electrical therapy, fung shui, gangum style dance (I didn't have a G), hypnosis..will all be a part of the approach. Ask your Medical doctor how they feel about alternative therapies and if they look away and talk out the side of their mouth "Well, I guess you could try that but it probably won't work" then find yourself another doctor who will think outside of the insurance company restrictions.
Follow the money. That's where most of the answers are.


 COMMENT 368044P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-27 12:25 PM

The goal of eastern medicine is to take care of the body and maintain your health whereas the goal of western medicine is to treat or cure a problem. The treatment is also very different. Usually eastern practitioners have studied the herbs and plants used as medicines and make the medicine for the patient or get it for the patient from a source. Eastern medicine practitioners have often studied western medicine too, but rarely does a doctor study eastern medicine. Yesterday, there was a very interesting talk at the Institute of World Culture by a Tibetan doctor, Yangdron Kalzang. Stay curious and keep learning.


 COMMENT 368154P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-27 09:09 PM

Staying away from processed foods of all kinds, conventionally produced meats and dairy, raising as much of your own produce as you can, eating live probiotics (which you can culture yourself) go a long way to keep your body healthy. That and 1/2 your ideal weight in fluid ounces of re-mineralized (lemon) water a day. Keep the systems humming in your body and detoxifying moving right along. Quality sleep, excercise, surrounding yourself with pleasant people, meditation, putting your mind at peace.


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